Recognizing the common thread between designers and boutiques, New Orleans Fashion Week is the catalyst and driving force that unites fashion professionals in a series of high-end runway shows, presentations, pop-up boutiques, networking opportunities and social experiences. Fashion has quickly becoming an important contributor to the New Orleans culture and is celebrated in conjunction with the city’s legendary cuisine, music, art, and film.
NOFW raises attention and encourages economic growth by combining fashion and beauty on the runway and fusing it with the creative spirit of New Orleans. Through a Top Design Competition, Fashion Industry Career Day, and support of local non-profits, NOFW promotes awareness, creates opportunities, and gives back to the Gulf Coast in style.
NOFW will advance the career of a promising model with the “Model Walk-Off", a competition awarding a scouting trip to Los Angeles, compliments of Launch Model and Talent Agency. Since its inception in 2011, NOFW has advanced many careers. Top Design Competitor Anthony Ryan Auld joined the cast of Project Runway and was named winner Project Runway All-Stars (Season 2); two-time fashion week model, Victoria Henley, placed in the top 5 of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 19; Skylar McCartney signed with agencies and walked in fashion weeks in both Paris and New York; Taylor Hamric, was discovered on the fashion week runway and signed with Wilhelmina Models New York; Bianca Finch was discovered at NOFW model casting and is now signed with NEXT Model Management Los Angeles.
In only three short years NOFW has become the most impressive and comprehensive fashion event on the Gulf Coast. Embraced by fashion professionals, enthusiasts, and the media alike, NOFW receives coverage from internationally recognized media outlets, including Women's Wear Daily, Elle Magazine Quebec, and the Oxygen Network.
Over 50 runway shows during the five-day event serve as a platform for Southern designers, makeup artists, hair stylists and models to bring a new level of creative consciousness to the regional industry. New Orleans Fashion Week commitment to all members of the fashion industry is vibrant and unwavering, and continues to produce and support fashion event throughout the year.